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Lot 76
A Regency rosewood Chiffonier/Collectors Cabinet

£ 2,000 - 3,000
US$ 2,500 - 3,800
A Regency rosewood Chiffonier/Collectors Cabinet
applied with gilt metal mounts
the stepped superstructure with a galleried top tier on gilt metal baluster supports above a pair of glazed doors, the lower part with a pair of gilt metal grille and pleated silk panel doors flanked by double columnar uprights enclosing an arrangement of fourteen drawers on a plinth base, with a label to the inside of one door 'From Kinnaird, 1897'
101cm wide x 53cm deep x 142cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    From the home of James Bruce (1730-1794) the noted explorer thence by descent to Janet Maitland Bruce Jardine, the vendors mother.
    This chiffonier came from Bruce’s home Kinnaird which was on the forth about eight miles to the west of Edinburgh. The cabinet was used by his family to store many of the items he brought back from Abyssinia before the collection was distributed amongst his descendants when Kinnaird was demolished at the end of the 19th Century. Most of the Abyssinian artefacts passed to Bruce’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Cummings Bruce who married the 8th Earl of Elgin. The Earls of Elgin sold the collection of artefacts stored in the chiffonier to Harvard.
    James Bruce was the first person to chart the Red Sea during his eleven year journey of Africa, surviving shipwreck and attacks from pirates. He lived for a period at the Royal Court in Gonda, then the capital of Abyssinia, where the Emperor gave him command of his personal cavalry in his battles with King Fisal in the South. Bruce also fathered a child with the wife of the Grand Vizier. He spoke eleven languages fluently, was amongst other things a doctor, astrologer and lawyer. He married twice, first to Adrianna Allen who died after only 18 months of marriage and then to Mary Dundas (1754-1785).
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